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Walk Reports Page 4

Ramblers New Year Stroll with Lena Arnold

While many people were still recovering from the previous evening’s celebrations, Pembrokeshire Ramblers were off on their first walk of 2019. It was a good opportunity for some of the members who prefer a more leisurely stroll to walk with others who usually opt for a longer walk.

Starting from Pelcomb Cross, fourteen walkers set out for a gentle four mile circular walk along quiet country lanes, farm tracks and woodland paths. From Pelcomb Cross the route was through Dunston Grove and East Hook to Sutton Lodge. A short lunch break was taken in the valley before continuing uphill to the farm at Cuckoo Grove.

From Cuckoo Grove the way was across open fields to the track passing through the centre of the Solar Farm, a chance to get up close to “Green Energy”, before continuing to Cuckoo Mill and the main road near Pelcomb Bridge. The new cycle path made a safe quiet route back to the start point at Pelcomb Cross. The conditions under foot we quite good with less mud than might be expected for the time of year. At the end of the walk those who wished retired to the Pelcomb Inn for refreshments.

Text by Lena Arnold. Images by John Reeves.

A Walk around the Stackpole Estate by Madeleine Bland

18 Pembrokeshire Ramblers met on 5th January for a leisurely 5 mile walk around the Stackpole Estate. The walk began at the picturesque Stackpole Cheriton church and followed the red bridleway down Cheriton Bottom before crossing into Lodge Park. The group then followed the footpath to the Ice House, a structure which allowed the residents of the now demolished Stackpole House to keep produce fresh using ice from the rivers.

The walkers returned to the grassy area near the Courtyard flats (former stable) where lunch was taken and the ramblers were able to see the new Interpretation Centre. They then walked along the lake to the 8 Arch Bridge before returning to Lodge Park and crossing into Castle Dock Wood. Returning to Cheriton Bottom via forest tracks the walk was completed by using the recently cleared mountain bike tracks on the west side of the valley. There was little sign of bike use but the paths proved popular with the walkers as they give fine views of the valley below as we returned to the car park.

Text and images by Madeleine Bland.